The sustain pedal with Jan O’Connor

Image above, Smith House by environa studio, features optimum orientation and solar access. Image courtesy the architect. Jan O’Connor of environa studio, an expert in the world of sustainability, discusses the intangible new parameters qualifying sustainability. Gillian Serisier: Five years ago sustainability meant solar panels. But now we’re at a very different place in the […]

Caboolture’s new GP Super Clinic brings nature and wellness into focus

Taking the concept of patient wellness as an integral design driver, Wilson Architects has designed Caboolture’s new GP Super Clinic replete with vibrant interiors and plenty of natural elements.

A sustainability retrospective

Image above, Westpac Barangaroo by Geyer – winner of the Sustainability award at IDEA 2016. Photo by Richard Glover. Sustainability is a term that gets loosely thrown about; it forms a standard part of the built environment lexicon, but in many cases it is just a feature, not a driving factor. Orientation, solar consideration, thermal […]

The modern workplace

If mobile technology means we can work from anywhere, why bother going into an office? The modern workplace has evolved to provide the comfort of home and promote collegiate interaction as never before, as Susan Muldowney writes for inside.

IDEA Shortlist Series: Student Administration Services Centre

Shortlisted in this year's IDEA Public Space Category, Geyer's tech-savvy interior for the University of Sydney delivers an open and collaborative experience to support the student lifestyle.

Green divide: Joost Bakker on biophilic design

"I respect nature and never try to imitate it in my work, I believe we are human and all we can do is show nature the respect it deserves," says Joost Bakker. The influential sustainable designer discusses the limitless potential of biophilic design and shares his latest project, a new vertical garden system for Schiavello.

Dulux releases 2017 colour forecast

Developed by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King in collaboration with Andrea Lucena-Orr from Dulux, ‘Antidote: A Colour Cure’ includes four tactile palettes which provide a visual remedy to the sensory disconnect of our tech-heavy lifestyles.

Productivity and the creative workplace

Productivity and efficiency are simple to measure, but in today’s economy, businesses can’t survive without constant innovation and a focus on creativity. Sarah Kay of Woods Bagot looks at how designers can develop inspiring environments and provide tools to foster creativity.

The changing face of our workplace

A global shift in how the workplace functions is being driven by an emergent workforce that demands flexibility, comfort and embedded technology.

Reconceptualising the design studio for today’s students

How do educators design the collaborative studio environment to suit 21st century practice? A topical article by Dr Nicki Wragg, senior lecturer in design at Swinburne University of Technology.

Decoration is king

With a shift to apartment living, a new aesthetic of style and substance is permeating our cities. And more than evolving a style, the new approach to apartment living is evolving taste, as Kathy McKinnon discovers.